I Kings 5-7
II Chronicles 2:1-5:1
March 16, 2003
Last lesson - study of Solomon’s pomp, power &
Now the study of the great undertaking of his
reign, the glory of Hebrew history, the erection
and adornment of the Temple.
Contract with Hiram, king of Tyre for materials
II Chron. 2:11 - testimony to the worth &
usefulness of individual character which
here influenced the destiny of two whole
v. 12 - “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom as
He promised him”
II Chron. 2:4 - The great respect which Solomon
shows for “the ordinance for ever to Israel”
which centered in “the house to the Name
of the Lord”.
Not so America, which is in the process of trying
to excise God’s Holy name & influence from it’s
Detailed dimensions and instructions of the
Temple - from God for the Lord and not for man!
It has the signature of the Divine on it.
It’s architecture was not copied after anything
Egyptian or Assyrian but was twice as big as
the tabernacle, the pattern of which was showed
to Moses on Mount Sinai - Exodus 25:9,40
In I Chron. 28:11-12 David gave to Solomon
his son, the pattern.
Also of Moses - Heb. 8:5 - “See saith He, that
thou make all things according to the pattern
shewed to thee in the mount” - Ex. 25:40
NEGATIVES - Twice as big as Tabernacle, more
ornate, elaborate and costly - appears to be
a spiritual deterioration - MORE SHOW THAN
6:4 - “narrow lights” - there had been no windows
in the tabernacle - Solomon’s windows
did not let in much light, but they did let
in a little. The people no longer depended
upon divine light as they had in the
tabernacle. They depended upon the
natural light which came from outside.
(Gradual withdrawal in Ezekiel - notice the progression -
ch. 3:23, 8:3-4, 9:3, 10:4,18-19 - final departure in 11:22-23,
and the prophetic return by the eastern gate - 43:4 - that
gate is stopped up now and will only open for the Messiah!)
It was built, not for the assemblies of the people.
The congregation never met within it but the
worship was offered towards it. It was a place
for the Holy Presence, and for the priests who
ministered before it.
v. 1 - the chronicler mentions the site as
being in Mount Moriah.....in the threshing floor
of Ornan. II Chron. 3:1
Great stress is laid upon the very place where the
Foundations of the Temple should be planted.
vs. 19-20 - to the ancients the square seemed the
most appropriate shape to express the idea
of moral perfection. The idea of the cube
consequently was that of entire complete-
ness, of absolute perfection.
The lavish use of gold in the Temple - 600 talents
or 75,000 lbs = $402,800,000 with gold at $335.70
an ounce as of last Thursday.
“And the oracle he prepared in the house within
to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord”
Overlaid with pure gold - what is in the ark?
The two tables of stone with the Ten Commandments
Apparently, what America thinks is useless is
very valuable to God, considering the extremes
It was the “ark of the testimony” - so that the
temple was properly and primarily the shrine
and depository of the tables of the law graven
with the “ten words”, “the words of the covenant”
The purpose of the Ark of the Covenant was to
contain inviolate the Divine Autograph (Ex. 31:18)
of the two tables. When the temple was completed
and the Ark brought in, the effulgence of Divine
Glory was instantly manifested! ch. 8:10-11
ch. 8:6 “and the priests brought in the ark of
the covenant” - no doubt as directed
of old - remember Uzza - I Chron. 13
Digress here for a moment - Men say that
the Shechinah Glory has left the world -
Ezekiel 8:4, 9:3-11, 10:4,18, 11:23, 43:4-8
Today nothing close to ch. 8:12-16
but remember the downward slide of last week
as the Bible mentions “only.......”
Better too much reaction than not enough when
such a commodity as freedom is at stake,
what then can be said of our nation or our souls?
Has the Shechinah Glory left? On the contrary
He is enshrined in the soul - the New Testament
calls it “Christ in you, the hope of glory”
In the New Covenant the law is written by the
finger of God on the spirit.
Pure gold - “shut up gold” - not because it was
concealed but because of the exclusion of impure
Let us consider some things.
* v. 21 & I Chron. 3:5,16 - “chains of gold” -
* v. 28 - “cherubims” - animal creation!?
* v. 29 - “palm trees” - vegetable life
* v. 29 - “open flowers” - life-fullness
* ch. 7:19 - “lily work” - emblem of purity
* ch. 7:20 - “pomegranates” - emblems of
Everywhere portrayed the various tokens of
God’s Almighty power, wisdom and goodness.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory &
honor & power: for thou has created all things
and for thy pleasure they are & were created”
Footnote - These splendid works of art were removed
out of their place, broken up and carried to
Babylon - Jer. 52.
It was because their lessons were unheeded, the
people were not pure and holy. Jer. 22:8-9
What does the New Testament teach but that
God is our refuge and strength, that we are to
wear the white lily of a blameless life and to bring
forth much fruit, that if we overcome, we shall be
pillars in the heavenly temple.
It is clear from v. 22 that “all the house” blazed
with gold in every part.
It was not for show as most of it was never seen
except by the priests but was symbolical of light
and purity and stamped the place as the abode
of Him who dwelleth in light.
I Tim. 6:16
Notice, whom no man can see and the obsession
today of walking by sight and not by faith!
In this temple, unlike pagan shrines, there was
no statue, no similitude of God - distinctly
forbidden by the 2nd Commandment.
v. 21 Two pillars in the porch - Jachin & Boaz
Not structural but monumental.
Symbolize the power and eternity of the Being
to whom it was dedicated.
Long and lasting - not like the tent/tabernacle.
II Chron. 4:1 - The altar - Sacrifice is the great
v. 2 - “Molten Sea” - the need for priests
of old and modern spiritual leaders for
cleanness of hand, deed, word, thought,
v. 6 - “ten lavers” - washing of victims
& sacrifices - cleanness - our best. Do not
bring blemished or polluted offerings.
v. 7 - “ten candlesticks of gold” - spiritual
v. 8 - “ten tables” - Bread of life
vs. 17-18 - clay - moulding - reminiscent
of God making vessels of grace and beauty -
His people - their character, discipline &